In what’s become one of the more exciting 7s tournaments of the summer, the Sunshine State Games will kick off Saturday, June 7 at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch. Teams from around the state, including Miami Rugby Football Club, University of South Florida, University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University will compete in a series of 7s matches.
Sarasota Rugby Club is hosting the 10-team event. There is a mandatory captains meeting at 10 a.m. with the first match kicking off at 10:30. All rosters must be turned into Tim Beury of Sarasota.
Ten teams will compete in the men’s open division. Each pool match consists of two seven-minute halves with one-minute halftimes. All championship matches feature two 10-minute halves with three-minute halftimes.
There’s hardware at stake, too. The tournament winner receives a team trophy and gold medals for each player on the 12-person squad. Silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the second and third place teams, respectively.
University of Florida is the defending champions and is coming off a fifth place finish at Todd Miller 7s a week ago. USF lost to Orlando in the final at Todd Miller 7s and is an early favorite to capture gold at the Sunshine State Games.
Come join us for an awesome day of rugby in a beautiful venue. For more information, please contact state director Martin Gardner at 954-292-2774, or event manager Michael Washington at 727-724-3082 ext. 241.
University of South Florida
University of Florida
Miami Rugby Football Club
Sarasota Rugby Club
St. Pete Pelicans
Premier Sports Campus
5895 Post Boulevard
Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34211
Directions from I-75: Take exit 217 toward Bradenton/Arcadia. Head East on FL -70E/Oneco-Myakka City Rd. (4.8 miles). Turn left onto Post Blvd. and Premier Sports Campus will be on the right.